• (America) IPA: /ə.ˈkɔst/
  • (cot-caught, Canada) IPA: /ə.ˈkɑst/
  • (RP) IPA: /ə.ˈkɒst/

accost (accosts, present participle accosting; past and past participle accosted)

  1. (transitive) To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To join side to side; to border.
  3. (by extension, transitive, obsolete) To sail along the coast or side of.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To approach; to come up to.
  5. (transitive) To speak to first; to address; to greet.
    • 1851 November 13, Herman Melville, chapter 5, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299 ↗:
      I quickly followed suit, and descending into the bar-room accosted the grinning landlord very pleasantly.
  6. (intransitive, obsolete) To adjoin; to lie alongside.
  7. (transitive) To assault.
  8. (transitive) To solicit sexually.
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  • Russian: приставать

accost (plural accosts)

  1. (rare) Address; greeting.
  2. An attack.

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